Install AOSP Android 5.0 Lollipop On Xperia Z

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Undoubtedly the most beautiful offering till date from the Japanese, the Sony Xperia Z is a hot shot. Although being over an year old now, the device is still quite much on a roll and courtesy Sony’s love for it’s Z series devices, the lad being the first of the family is all set and enlisted for an Android 5.0 rollout later in 2015. Moreover, you can still give a try to this AOSP based ROM that has been ported for the Xperia Z.


Note that the ROM is still in it’s very early stages of development, so be ready to face a few hiccups here or there!

Before we really get along with the rooting process, let’s take a minute and setup some tools up that’ll be necessary to get the job done smooth and easy:

  1. Make sure you have backed up all your data as this process(which includes a recovery flash!) might lead to loss of data.
  2. You’ll need to have ADB and Fastboot drivers onto your system. You can refer our All Drivers page for download links.
  3. Download the zip file and extract all it’s contents to the fastboot folder on your PC.
  4. Download the Gapps package and place in the root folder of your phone’s memory.

Done with that, let’s begin with the manual flashing of the ROM.

  1. Connect your phone in Fastboot mode to the PC via the supplied USB cable.
  2. Navigate to the Fastboot folder on your pc and open a command window there by a right click menu while keeping the shift key pressed.
  3. In the command prompt, enter the following commands in the given sequence:

    fastboot flash boot boot.img
    fastboot flash system system.img
    fastboot flash userdata userdata.img

  4. Be alert that the last step may wipe all your data.
  5. Your phone will go for a reboot.

Be patient as the first boot may take a bit longer than usual!

Now boot into the recovery mode and flash the Gapps package.

That’s all folks! You’re home! For further help, don’t hesitate to leave us a word in the comments section. Moreover, you can also head over to the original thread from this link.

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